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Getting to know the coronavirus.

By now, most of us will be aware of the coronavirus outbreak and its consequences. For those who are not, a novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has led to an outbreak of respiratory illness, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

 

The 2019-nCoV virus is transmitted from human to human and has a reasonably high mortality rate. It is of concern to everyone, but especially people with existing co-morbidities especially people with health concerns, disabilities and older people.[1]

 

Baptist Care SA staff and volunteers are strongly encouraged to take precautions and be alert about the coronavirus. This also means considering any potential implications for our clients. The Australian Department of Health recommends we all be alert regarding contact with people who have been to Wuhan in the last few weeks. Specific guidelines in case a contact has been made can be found at the dedicated webpage for this virus.

 

Good hygiene practices help to prevent the spread of the virus and these include washing your hands often with soap and water and using a tissue and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Importantly the coronavirus is most likely spread from person to person through:

  • direct close contact with a person while they are infectious
  • contact with droplets when a person with a confirmed infection coughs or sneezes
  • touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have droplets from a cough or sneeze by an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face[2].

 

The Australian Government has just confirmed 2 cases of coronavirus in South Australia (15 across the nation, all carefully treated), but it is important not to be too worried.  It is important however, to remain vigilant and take precaution measures seriously. Baptist Care SA Staff and volunteers are reminded to become familiar with the following policies:

 

For more up to date information on the coronavirus, check the following website:

Department of Health. Coronavirus Update at a Glance: https://www.health.gov.au/news/coronavirus-update-at-a-glance

 

 

[1] NDS, Keep updated about the Coronavirus (2020).
[2] Australian Department of Health (2020)
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